McCarthy has made clear she has her marching orders from her boss on climate change.
"We have no choice," she said. "That's what the president said. He's my boss; you're going to have to live with it."
Indeed Obama did send down the thunder. In a speech earlier this summer at Georgetown University, the president invoked the Founders, kids, astronauts, mother earth, myriad straw man arguments and healthy doses of hyperbole to state his mission.
"So today, for the sake of our children and the health and safety of all Americans, I'm directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants, and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants," the president said.
Sorry, I'm not getting the "let's talk" vibe here.
It's a good thing that West Virginia leaders were able to sit down with McCarthy yesterday.
That can't hurt.
But the direction this administration is headed on coal has been made abundantly clear many times, and no meeting with concerned folks from West Virginia is going to change that.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.